Hagane Concept by Shimano

Hagane by Shimano

If you have been following recent industry news especially in terms of new product releases from Shimano, chances are you have come across the term ‘Hagane’. Now, you may be asking yourself, “What exactly is Hagane?”.

In simple terms, Hagane is Shimano’s reel design concept designed to withstand continual use and extreme abuse under all circumstances, and in all conditions. It is something only Shimano can produce, and has really set them apart from other reel manufacturers. Hagane focuses on two main concepts; toughness and durability. The Hagane concept is a combination of three core features found in Shimano reels to deliver ultimate performance and longevity. Hagane is comprised of the durability, smoothness, and strength of the Hagane Gear; the smoothness and cranking power of X-Ship; and efficiency through strength of the Hagane Body.

Hagane Gear
“Durability, smoothness, and strength”

Hagane gearing highlights Shimano’s metalworking technology, with a highly durable cold-forged aluminum drive gear, Hagane gearing ensures a lasting out of the box feeling. Shimano’s cold-forging process consists of no cutting, but rather the gear is pressed with 200 tonnes of pressure. This process ensures the highest accuracy, and prevents any irregularities in the gear design. Part of Hagane gearing is Shimano’s micro modular gearing, as present in the higher end Antares, Metanium, and Stella reels, ensuring eternally smooth reeling.

“Improved gear durability and smoothness”

I have done a write up on Shimano’s X-Ship technology when it first came out. To check that out, please click here.

In summary, X-Ship delivers increased gearing efficiency and strength, as well as smoothness. This is achieved by a double supported pinion gear, with bearings on each end, ensuring that the pinion gear maintains precise alignment with the drive gear. X-Ship eliminates twist and rotor flex, by keeping the gears in the same position, and ensures powerful and smooth cranking under the heaviest loads.

Hagane Body
“Efficiency through strength”

The Hagane body is a metal body with high rigidity. The body’s tough, rigid construction eliminates body flexing under stress. By incorporating such rigidity and toughness into the reels, Shimano allows the angler to have complete control, by transforming their actions into cranking power.

The current reels featuring the Hagane concept in Shimano’s lineup consist of:

– Antares
– Metanium
– Aldebaran
– Tranx
– Curado 200
– Citica 200
– Calcutta Conquest
– Calcutta
– Cardiff
– Corvalus

– Stella SW
– Twin Power SW
– Saragosa SW
– Spheros SW
– Stella
– Sustain
– Stradic
– Stradic Ci4+
– Thunnus Ci4
– Aero Technium XS
– Ultegra Ci4 XS

– Tiagra
– Talica
– Tyrnos
– Trinidad
– Torium
– Tekota
– Beastmaster

– Patrick

About Patrick Zajdel

A 20 year old Collegiate Tournament Angler and Promoter from Burlington Ontario, Canada, currently attending the Goodman School of Business at Brock University. Patrick competes as a Pro in various events affiliated with BASS and FLW across Canada and the US.

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